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“Best zoo EVER!”
Review of DeYoung Family Zoo

DeYoung Family Zoo
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Wallace
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

My family drove nearly 2 hours to visit this zoo for Father’s Day this year and we were absolutely blown away. This is the best zoo we have ever visited. Where else can you go and hold a bunch of baby animals and watch the staff feed all the animals in the zoo? My kids had so much fun. They held a baby fox, baby kangaroo, baby anteater. Petted a baby sloth and baby porcupine. And we all got to feed Wallace the hippo! You can tell that the owners care deeply about all their animals and know a great deal about them. Bud, one of the owners, even personally thanked our family for coming to visit. Best zoo experience ever.

1  Thank Leigha F
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Love this zoo, so much energy and up close viewing of some real exotic animals. The interaction with the baby animals was amazing. Visitors literally get to hold, feed and interact with the animals, incredible, what other zoo does anything like this?

My grand children, nephews and nieces and myself had the very best experience. Got some perfect photos too. The owners of this private zoo are out and about to talk to and give some very cool demo's to one and all for the price of admission. I will definitely come back here, even just for myself, unforgettable and quite delightful.

15  Thank marineofficer19
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

First off, anyone that says anything negative about this place is surely JUST a HATER and a REAL Nasty human being, This place is a JOY and AMAZING IN ALL RESPECTS. Interactions with baby animals, live demo's up close, and EVERYTHING POSITIVE about this GREAT ZOO experience. This is a can't miss experience, and shameful for anyone that writes bad things about this INCREDIBLE ZOO, EXPERIENCE AND PLACE.

16  Thank jojobanjo2
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

Absolutely discusting place.the animals were thin,had no fresh water and the ones that did had algae in it.enclousers were too small.some enclousers had no shelters.it was raining when i went and some animals(like the wolves were out in the rain lying in the mud)others were also in the same enviroment.animals were acting erracticly.it was a sad situation.please don'waste your time

3  Thank Chuck M
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

This Zoo has become an annual trip for me and my family! It is totally worth the hour and ten minute drive to get there! This Zoo has so much to offer! Kids and adults have the opportunity to hold different varieties of baby animals and every half hour is a feeding schedule for a different animal so you get to often times per take in the feedings of the animals! Kids and adults have the opportunity to feed a hippo and deer! You can also tell that Bud and Carrie care deeply for all of these animals. Feel free to pack a lunch and eat inside the zoo under the Pavilion or stop across the street at the small food restaurant where they offer anywhere from kids meals to ice cream! This zoo is unlike any other small zoo you would visit. If you're contemplating whether to come than YOU SHOULD! Your kids will love you forever and will be begging to come back every year

5  Thank erankin26
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